This project aimed to provide young carers with the opportunity to engage with storytelling and the arts by removing barriers to access such as transportation and cost. Storytelling is a powerful engagement and communication tool that can help with relationship building and learning. Through this project we wanted to use storytelling to help these groups find their voice, build meaningful relationships and have a creative outlet to express their emotions.
Creative Sparks offered respite from the daily duties of the young carers by giving them the chance to have fun with their peers. The project also helped reduce isolation and loneliness by providing opportunities to form friendships and links with those in a similar situation who can offer understanding and support.
Through the use of multiple art forms, the young people were able to express themselves and communicate in a more confident manner. By creating original stories and artwork as part of a team, the groups also had increased self-esteem by realising they have the ability and potential to create high quality pieces of art.